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by jgurney
24 Sep 2011, 11:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bromley to Dartmouth, Devon.
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: Bromley to Dartmouth, Devon.

The first routing issue is whether you are going before 31st Oct. Until then the obvious route is to Exmouth and to use the ferry from there to Starcross to get over the River Exe. The last ferries run on 31st Oct and then they re-start at Easter. Details: http://www.exe2sea.co.uk/ferry.shtml If you...
by jgurney
12 Sep 2010, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling from Euston to Paddington
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: Cycling from Euston to Paddington

I will be taking the train to Slough then cycling to Windsor. I was wondering about bike storage on South West trains. Is there a dedicated space for bikes or do I need to fold it up and put it in the luggage spaces? The trains from Paddington to Slough are operated by First Great Western, and do n...
by jgurney
23 Mar 2010, 6:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: setting up cycle hire business
Replies: 22
Views: 8726

Re: setting up cycle hire business

Seems to me there are two markets for cycle hire: 1) Non-cyclists wanting a occasional leisure ride - hiring slow. easy comfy machines to potter around pretty places with lots of paths. Seasonal and a restricted number of locales not already being exploited. 2) Regular cyclists who are without thier...
by jgurney
1 Jan 2010, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good location for day rides????
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Good location for day rides????

I'd avoid a base too near to the coast as that reduces the land area available within riding distance.

What about the area where Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire meet?
by jgurney
6 Dec 2009, 12:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Code of Conduct for parks
Replies: 9
Views: 620

Re: Code of Conduct for parks

There is no sense in having a local code of conduct different from the rules which apply anywhere else. On shared use paths it is usually sufficient (unless the cycle traffic density is too high for the width of the path) for all users simply to treat it just as they would a country lane without a p...
by jgurney
3 Dec 2009, 3:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans - To See Ourselves As Others See Us
Replies: 105
Views: 10804

Re: Sustrans - To See Ourselves As Others See Us

These are prime examples as to why I regard sustrans as a menace. <> How on earth a bunch of unelected, unaccountable people with no idea come to be regarded as the voice of cyling I just don't know. Because they promote a motor industry-friendly view of cycling - as a leisure activity done in addi...
by jgurney
23 Oct 2009, 2:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are there just too many cars on the road today?
Replies: 59
Views: 2969

Re: Are there just too many cars on the road today?

places on the planet of similar population density that have a better car/road relationship? What is different about these places? How could we become more like them? 1) Look at cars for what they are - transport - not treat them as status symbols and invest them with a range of irrational emotive ...
by jgurney
23 Oct 2009, 1:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?
Replies: 87
Views: 6501

Re: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?

Sadly, most bridleways which would make village-to-village or village-to-town links long ago became lanes or roads; the remaining bridleways (if any) usually take the most indirect route imaginable and/or debouch onto a dual carriageway or roundabout with no practical or sometimes even possible saf...
by jgurney
19 Oct 2009, 1:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?
Replies: 87
Views: 6501

Re: Should CTC campaign for cyclists to use all footpaths?

I have nothing against converting to bridalways but the extra hassle of gates rather than styles and wider path requirements are just extra effort and extra hassle for land owners. But a narrow path with stiles is no use to cyclists (except a few recreational ones who find carrying their vehicles o...
by jgurney
4 Oct 2009, 12:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling bans on All Purpose Roads
Replies: 22
Views: 2242

Re: Cycling bans on All Purpose Roads

Cycles are also barred from:

- the new bridge over the Swale, between Sittingbourne and Sheerness, in Kent.

- the flyover at the junction of the A4 and A316 in Chiswick, west London.
by jgurney
14 Sep 2009, 4:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: liable? HAuth deliberately design trunks as dang to cyclist
Replies: 10
Views: 1078

Re: liable? HAuth deliberately design trunks as dang to cyclist

I certainly agree with the principle that public highways are for all of the public. If a road is intended and designed solely for motor vehicles then the HA should be honest about that and call a motorway from the planning stage onwards, rather than minimise opposition to the plans by giving the im...
by jgurney
14 Sep 2009, 1:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who got chased of the road by a big red ELECTRIC sports car?
Replies: 94
Views: 5398

Re: Who got chased of the road by a big red ELECTRIC sports car?

If you have the paper copy, see if there are display adverts on the same or opposite page. If so post the names of the firms here. Letters to the advertiser from people saying they won't buy stuff advertised alongside grossly offensive copy like this can, if the message is passed back, lead to the p...
by jgurney
26 Aug 2009, 4:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another pavements question - children
Replies: 31
Views: 927

Re: Another pavements question - children

AIUI if a bicycle is so small that it is really a toy bicycle rather than a real one then a child can ride it on the pavement - because there is no law against children playing with toys on the pavement. E.g. allowing children to ride toy pedal-cars or hobby-horses along the footway but then banning...
by jgurney
25 Aug 2009, 3:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What's happened to the YHA?
Replies: 33
Views: 3412

Re: What's happened to the YHA?

I have only just realised, through seeing a notice while staying at Telscombe YH, that the YHA now bans under-16's unless accompanied by an adult. I started cycling to hostels either alone or with friends from age 13 - I loved it and it was good for me. I am saddened that 13 - 15 year olds today are...
by jgurney
25 Aug 2009, 2:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31357

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

Not a recent report, but last year my wife & I went on the 2ft gauge Bure Valley Railway with laden cycles.
It's tiny trains still manage to carry 4 cycles per train, which makes full-size ones able to carry only two look very unambitious.